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Sandra Hüller with Toni Erdmann director/writer Maren Ade Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Maren Ade has teamed up again with costume designer Gitti Fuchs and editor Heike Parplies of her The Forest For The Trees (Der Wald Vor Lauter Bäumen) and Everyone Else (Alle Anderen) to bring us Germany's Oscar submission Toni Erdmann, starring Sandra Hüller and Peter Simonischek.

Rainer Maria Rilke, Andy Kaufman's Tony Clifton, meerkats (not from Ang Lee's Life Of Pi), Frauke Finsterwalder's Finsterworld, vintage Yves Saint Laurent, and corporate madness came up in my conversation with Maren Ade and Sandra Hüller.

Kent Jones with Maren Ade, Peter Simonischek and Sandra Hüller Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

With a supporting cast including Viktorija Malektorovych, Hadewych Minis, Lucy Russell, Michael Wittenborn, Ingrid Bisu, Thomas Loibl, and Trystan Pütter, Ade gives her characters a chance to rediscover themselves in song and skin-deep encounters of the third or fourth or fifth kind.
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Christopher Nolan’s Following Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

First films are often a filmmaker’s worst movie, as they seem to be learning their craft as the film goes on. That said, they can also be instructive once they have a body of work, as you can often see the seeds of their future work embedded within. And though Christopher Nolan’s Following is one of his weakest efforts, all things considered, it’s still indicative of a talent that would emerge. Where in 1998 Nolan’s film may have come across as a clever but small riff on Pulp Fiction and the genre of crime films Tarantino helped launch, now you can see that Nolan was pretty on top of his game from the get go, even if his first film is a minor work. Our review of the The Criterion Collection’s Blu-ray of Following follows after the jump. Jeremy Theobald stars as an unnamed writer who
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Criterion Collection: Following | DVD Review

Over the last decade, Christopher Nolan has established himself as one of the most noteworthy mainstream directors working in the industry, mostly due to the unprecedented cultural impact of his three entries in the Batman series (but not to mention high functioning works of originality at the multiplex, such as 2010’s Inception). His penchant for labyrinthine narrative structure and chronological confusion date back to his delightfully well made feature debut, Following, winning the top prize at the 1999 Rotterdam Film Festival, exploring themes and motifs he would closely mirror in his significantly successful follow-up, Memento. A no budget neo-noir, Criterion restores Nolan’s debut from a new digital transfer, making this edition the definitive way to experience an exciting beginning to a fascinating talent.

We meet a young man (Jeremy Theobald), narrating a story to a stranger that quickly seems to take on ominous dimensions. An aspiring writer, it turns out
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Caravan Killers Unleashed on Studio Canals New Sightseers UK Quad

Did you enjoy those new character posters for Ben Wheatley's ('Kill List') upcoming dark comedy 'Sightseers' we posted up last week? Of course you did, so you're gonna love this new culmination UK quad poster packed with lovely kind words from various critics. The gala screening of 'Sightseers' will take place at the BFI London Film Festival this Saturday (20 October) and will open nationwide here in the UK from 30 November. 'Sightseers' stars Alice Lowe, Steve Oram, Lucy Russell, Monica Dolan, Jonathan Aris, Gareth Tunley, Eileen Davies, Stephanie Jacob, Aymen Hamdouchi and Kenneth Hadley. Check out the new quad below....
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Fear Has a Wet Nose on Four Brand New Sightseers Character Posters

New black comedy 'Sightseers' is set to get its UK premiere at this months London Film Festival this coming Saturday. And ahead of the showing a foursome of new character posters have been revealed from the Ben Wheatley ('Kill List') helmed project. The posters feature its two lead characters Chris and Tina along with their dog Poppy (otherwise known as Banjo) and their beloved Abbey Oxford caravan. Alice Lowe, Steve Oram, Lucy Russell, Monica Dolan, Jonathan Aris, Gareth Tunley, Eileen Davies, Stephanie Jacob, Aymen Hamdouchi and Kenneth Hadley all star. Check out the new posters below and following the Lff screening the movie will open here in the UK in theatres from 30 November....
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Four Sightseers Posters

Four Sightseers Posters
British filmmaker Ben Wheatley made his directorial debut with last year's disturbing thriller Kill List. This year, the director is back with the bizarre comedy Sightseers, working alongside executive producer Edgar Wright. Today, we have four posters from this road trip comedy, debuting in U.K. theaters November 30. Co-writers Alice Lowe and Steve Oram star as Tina and Chris, a couple who take a road trip in their caravan, which takes several wrong turns to make this dream holiday a complete nightmare. Check out the one-sheets for this dark comedy.

Sightseers comes to theaters in 2012 and stars Sara Stewart, Lucy Russell, Alice Lowe, Richard Lumsden, Tony Way, Jonathan Aris, Monica Dolan, Dominic Applewhite. The film is directed by Ben Wheatley.
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Four Fantastically Funny Posters For ‘Sightseers’

Director Ben Wheatley is a firm favourite at Thn towers after the deliciously dark Down Terrace and ambiguous hitman horror Kill List. Some of us lucky buggers have already seen his latest (sadly, not me), and word is Wheatley has done it again with caravanning killer-couple comedy Sightseers.

The film will get its UK premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on 20th/21st October before arriving on general release on 30th November. Steve Oram and Alice Lowe play Chris and Tina, whose blossoming new relationship while holidaying in the Great British outdoors takes a rather hilariously sadistic turn.

We have four new ‘character’ posters for the film that will co-star Sara Stewart, Tony Way, Richard Lumsden, Lucy Russell and Jonathan Aris.

Source: Empire
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New Trailer for Kill List Director Ben Wheatleys Dark Comedy Sightseers

British director Ben Wheatley follows up his impressive horror thriller 'Kill List' with new black comedy 'Sightseers'. It's due to arrive in UK theatres from 30 November and a brand new and fantastic looking trailer has popped up for the project penned by Amy Jump and star Steve Oram. I'm thoroughly enjoying the very bleak yet British world's that director Wheatley is pulling his audiences into and am very much looking forward to this new vision which also boasts filmmaker Edgar Wright ('Shaun of the Dead', 'Hot Fuzz') who'll be serving as executive producer. Next up for Wheatley will be his segment in horror anthology 'The ABCs of Death'. 'Sightseers' stars Alice Lowe and co-writer Oram, along with Lucy Russell, Monica Dolan, Jonathan Aris, Gareth Tunley, Eileen Davies, Stephanie Jacob, Aymen Hamdouchi and Kenneth Hadley. Head below for the full synopsis breakdown plus the new trailer.
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Ben Wheatley’s ‘Sightseers’ Has A New Trailer!

If you were a fan of director Ben Wheatley’s brilliant darkly-comic crime flick Down Terrace, or unsettling hitman/horror Kill List, chances are his latest will be right up your street. Sightseers is expected to challenge viewers’ tastes as we follow a loving outdoor couple (played by Steve Oram and Alice Lowe, who also wrote the screenplay) with a penchant for serial-killing. There are uncomfortable laughs amongst the murders as their dream of a caravan holiday in the Great British countryside, well, gets a little complicated.

Below we have the latest trailer for the film that hits cinemas 30th November and co-stars familiar British faces as Tony Way (who also co-starred in Down Terrace), Richard Lumsden, Lucy Russell and Sara Stewart.

Source: The Guardian
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Sightseers (2012) Movie Trailer: Ben Wheatley, Steve Oram, Alice Lowe

Sightseers Trailer. Ben Wheatley‘s Sightseers (2012) movie trailer stars Steve Oram, Alice Lowe, Sara Stewart, Lucy Russell, and Richard Lumsden. Sightseers‘ plot synopsis: “Chris (Steve Oram) wants to show Tina (Alice Lowe) his world and he wants to do it his way – on a journey through this sceptred isle in his beloved Abbey Oxford Caravan. [...]

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‘Kill List’ director’s follow-up, ‘Sightseers’, now has a trailer

English director Ben Wheatley has made quite a reputation for himself in the indie film circuit over the last few years with his offbeat thriller Kill List, getting many people interested in what he chose to work on next, which turned out to be the horror comedy Sightseers. Wheatley relinquishes writing duties this time to Steve Oram and Alice Lowe, who also take on acting duties in the film, which previously screened at the Cannes film festival, and will be making its North American debut at Tiff 2012. Oram and Lowe are joined in the cast by Lucy Russell, Richard Lumsden, Sara Stewart, Jonathan Aris, and Monica Dolan. A trailer for the movie has now been released, which you can see below.

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Christopher Nolan season for BFI Southbank in July

Christopher Nolan season for BFI Southbank in July
BFI Southbank has announced a Christopher Nolan season for this July. All of the Inception director's films will be screened throughout the month at the riverside venue, leading up to the release of The Dark Knight Rises at BFI IMAX and nationwide on July 20. "Nolan has created a new type of Hollywood 'mainstream'," the BFI said, "films notable not only for their considerable technical skill but also for their brilliant, complex and playful narrative ingenuity." The full Christopher Nolan programme is as follows: Following (UK 1998. With Jeremy Theobald, Alex Haw, Lucy Russell, John Nolan. 70min. 15)

Plus Doodlebug (UK 1997. With Jeremy Theobald. 3min):

Sunday, 1 July 16:00 NFT2 / Wednesday, July 4, 20:40 NFT2 Memento (USA 2000. With Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Jr. 113min. (more)
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Streaming for Your Pleasure: Movies to See Before the Summer

Article by Dan Clark of Movie Revolt

We are about to embark on what will hopefully be a rather fun summer of movies. With that in mind I focused the second installment of Streaming for Pleasure on some films you should see before this summer hits. Having a familiarity with an actor or director’s career can often shine some light on what their future projects may have in store. Also it can help garner more motivation to see a film you would have otherwise avoided. Curious what the Avengers might be like? What Tom Hardy has in store for the character of Bain? Well check out some of these films and they just might answer some of your questions.


Directed By: Christopher Nolan

Written By: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Jeremy Theobald, Alex Haw, and Lucy Russell

Synopsis: Christopher Nolan writes and directs this odd, claustrophobic neo-noir film about a
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I was there at the Inception of Christopher Nolan's film career

The Academy may have snubbed him for best director, but Nolan's global reputation is assured. Matthew Tempest recalls the singularly driven young man he met in the Ucl film society

It was pretty obvious to anyone at the University College London film society in the early 1990s (which comprised about half a dozen of us in a windowless, airless basement) that Chris Nolan was going places. I thought his career might even go all the way, and he might shoot a few adverts before eventually (if he got lucky) directing episodes of The Bill and Coronation Street.

That was simply how the UK film industry was back then. The only career path was to worm a way into directing for telly or commercials. It had been generations since John Schlesinger, Ridley and Tony Scott, Adrian Lyne and Alan Parker had managed to make the leap from London, and telly, to Hollywood.
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New this Week: ‘True Grit,’ ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ and ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (DVD)’

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

Gulliver’s Travels – Jack Black, Emily Blunt, Jason Segel

Little FockersBen Stiller, Teri Polo, Robert De Niro

True GritJeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld

Movie of the Week

True Grit

The Stars: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld

The Plot: A tough U.S. Marshal helps a stubborn young woman track down her father’s murderer.

The Buzz: This one’s an easy pick for “Movie of the Week,” as for me, Jack Black has worn out his welcome, and any film I’ve ever seen with the word “Focker” in the title was absolutely horrid. Though the Coen Brothers have been hit-and-miss in the last decade, with amazing highs (No Country For Old Men, O Brother, Where Art Thou?) and abysmal lows (Burn After Reading, Intolerable Cruelty), this film, a modern day rehash of the old John Wayne vehicle, looks quite good.
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Looking back at Christopher Nolan’s Following

A year in the making, young director Nolan shot his debut feature, Following, on a shoestring budget over the space of a year. So, how does it stand up twelve years on...?

Ambitious, darkly comic, but clumsy and cold, Christopher Nolan's (Inception, The Dark Knight) first feature, Following, showcases a talented writer/director's Herculean effort to show the world his neat bag of tricks.

Made for almost nothing, over a year of weekends (in between his job filming and recording sound on company training videos), and influenced by Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi) and Kevin Smith (Clerks), Nolan envisaged a film that explored his favourite aspect of film noir: men who were defined by their often brutal actions.

The idea was a bold one: to shoot no more than two usable takes per set-up, to shoot only with natural light, in cheap, available locations and to work around the respective
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Following Review | Welcome to a World Without Rules

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First off, to those of you expecting a review of Chinatown (1974) as promised in the hint that was contained in the Blue Velvet (1986) piece, I apologize. Chinatown will be the next film covered in the retrospective. I simply got sidetracked in the wake of Christopher Nolan's Inception (2010) by the auteur completest in me, demanding that I actually sit down and watch Following (1998). While it didn't reach the heights of Memento (2000) or Insomnia (2002), the latter of which is perhaps Nolan's most overlooked and underestimated film due to its remake status, I very much enjoyed his rough and ragged debut (which is allegedly up for both the Criterion treatment and a theatrical re-release thanks to his most recent success---in the meantime you can catch it on Netflix Watch Instantly).

The film is bare, cut and dry almost to the point of The Limey (1999), beginning with a young struggling writer (Jeremy Theobald
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IFC to Re-release Christopher Nolan's Following on Demand

IFC has made the trailer for the re-rerelease of Following, Christopher Nolan's debut film. As the hype around Inception comes to a peak, IFC Films is proud to present Christopher Nolan's debut feature film, Following, available nationwide on demand via IFC In Theaters. Check out the trailer below.

Following Trailer

A fascinating introduction to the talent and vision of a filmmaker who is fast becoming one of the major American directors of our time, Following originally debuted in 1998, and enjoyed a quick succession of Festival prizes and wild critical acclaim. The film is a sly neo-noir thriller which follows a writer who picks out strangers at random from the crowded streets of London shadows them see where they go, how they spend their days. Following features the innovative blend of high-minded style and genre elements that Nolan has now made his trademark.

The film will enjoy a three
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Eric Rohmer: philosopher, rhetorician, and an ally of the young

The French director's movies were quintessentially studenty - in the best possible sense

Eric Rohmer's death at the age of 89 is a reminder of the incredible energy, tenacity and longevity of France's great nouvelle vague generation. Rohmer had released his last film only last year, the sublimely unworldly pastoral fantasy Les amours d'Astrée et de Céladon (The Romance of Astrea and Celadon): a gentle, reflective movie, of course, but by no means lacking in energy or wit. And, meanwhile, Jean-Luc Godard, Agnès Varda, Jacques Rivette and Claude Chabrol – at the respective ages of 79, 81, 81 and 79 – are all still with us, all nursing projects.

Rohmer came from the New Wave tradition of critic-turned-director; he was a former editor of Cahiers du Cinéma, and became the distinctively romantic philosopher of the New Wave and the great master of what was sometimes called "intimist" cinema: delicate, un-showy movie-making about not especially startling people,
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Exclusive Angel Trailer has your exclusive first look at the trailer for IFC Films' Angel , written and directed by François Ozon. The romantic drama, opening in theaters on March 18th, stars Romola Garai, Sam Neill, Lucy Russell, Michael Fassbender, Charlotte Rampling, Jacqueline Tong, Janine Duvitski, Christopher Benjamin, Simon Woods and Jemma Powell. In the film, set in Edwardian England, a precocious girl from a poor background with aspirations to being a novelist finds herself swept to fame and fortune when her tasteless romances hit the best seller lists. Her life changes in unexpected ways when she encounters an aristocratic brother and sister, both of whom have cultural ambitions, and both of whom fall in love with her.
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